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power and the russians aren't interested in plan that leaves assad in power. the russian speak of a bloody chaos that could occur, the rebels are making significant gains, gaining momentum. one rebel fighter says we're going to fight all the way to bashar al-assad palace. you have the priors for both sides, sectarian civil war and proxy war in the sense russia and iran are protecting assad and the other gulf states are supporting the rebels that are fighting fiercely. as long as they're willing to keep fighting, proxies supply them with money, political cover and weapons, so it's difficult to see how a peaceful solution will happen while everybody on the sidelines is pouring money in to continue the war. >> neil: the. >> the civil war in syria contributing to a growing refugee crisis. >> crisis is putting it lightly. there's 150,000 refugees in turkey. that number is growing expo tensionally. not only are people flowing across the border into turkey and jordan. thousands a day are trying to flee their homes and flee this violence. these people have to be fed, closed and during
saying they will discuss putting down the weapons when bashar assad leaves power. are you are russia long supported assad with weapons and host to russia only foreign naval base in the syrian city of tarqtus. with assad's army playing defense, the russian peace plan appears to be an attempt to hedge their bet on assad making the inroads with the rebels. that will be hard. as rebel video uploaded to youtube show unexploded russian made bombs littering the syrian cities. this is a bomb fired on civilians in aleppo explains a rebel fighter with the russian writing clearly visible on the weapon's fin. most bomb, though, explode, like this one caught on amateur video yesterday. nearly every day they post video of recruit joining the fight. the flag visible above the rocket propelled grenade and machine gun. jihadists are often the best ware warriors. recent reports show they lay siege to military north. battle led by the hardcore islamist fighters. russia pith from the staunch ally of the syrian regime to attempted peace broker lanelly a distinction without a difference. assad has unwavering s
government. both the assad regime and the opposition rejected it because it would involve the two sides sharing power. now they want to revive the plan but is it desirable? >> the reason simply because assad once he begins to loosen the absolute control of he has of everybody around him in the military he is severely weakened and very vulnerable to being killed even by the people around him. so he knows that in the back of his mind. it is all or nothing proposition for him similar to saddam hussein and qaddafi. even the rebels themselves. they have lost 40,000 in this fight and they're not about to share power with anybody. particularly the assad government. i mean these are people they have been fighting now for almost two years. patti ann: yeah. >> so it's not in the cards. patti ann: yeah. and the plan is vague when it comes to assad specifically during that summer meeting in geneva. there was a push to call specifically for assad's ouster but russia opposed that. and as you say, assad is not going to go quietly. russia though very involved. how important is russia's role in all of t
the syria president bashar assad. russia someone of syria's last allies and has rejected all united nations efforts to take action against the aassad. leland vittert with the news live from our middle east bureau. leland, why why don't the rebels want to negotiate? >> quite frankly, right now, harris, they don't have to. time is is on their side. momentum son their side. they are beginning to tighten the noose on president assad. especially around his capital damascus. secondly the rebels don't really believe the russians. they don't trust them as honest brokers and perhaps that's with good reason. rebel videos uploaded to youtube show russian made bombs uploaded. this is a boom fired on cities aleppo with the russian writing clearly visible on the weapon's fenn. most bombs though explode like this one caught on amateur video yesterday as it was dropped from a low-flying russian-made meg. russia has long supported assad with weapons and protected diplomatically as key ally and hope to russian's only foreign rebel naval base. with assad's army now playing defense, the russian peace plan appe
the rebels are certainly getting pounded by bashar al-assad's air force from above and his air force still controls much of the skies. its becoming a particularly critical situation on the ground inside a number of the rebel strongholds because the medical supply shortage is happening. you have these mass casualty events like the bomb eupblgs and therbombings and there is really no way to treat the victims. the rebels are gaining momentum, better armed and organized, better command and control facilities there inside of northern syria and they are trying to push into a number of towns which are controlled by those loyal to president bashar al-assad. this will be a real test for the rebels in the coming weeks because they have been used to mounting their attacks in the relative safety of cities which supported them and now awful a sudden they will be operating in truly hostile environments where they do not have the hearts and minds of the people themselves. the latest reports out of syria, though, show no progress on the diplomatic front. so far the one peace enjoy who has been able to mee
with high government level officials about syrian president bashir al assad. he's been involved in a nearly two-year civil war that has seen the death of nearly 40,000 people. bring in a senior fellow at the washington institute for middle east policy. thanks for being with us. we appreciate it. let's talk about president bashar al assad's options even if he did, let's say, want to make it out hastily by syria. by some accounts i understand he wouldn't even be able to go. why is that? >> well, at this point, president assad has murdered so many of his own people, that it's difficult for him to stay within the country, even in the homeland of his sect, on the syrian coast. or for other countries to accept him, because they realize that in a post-assad syria, a more democratic one, that the syrian people are going to be very angry at whatever country holds president assad. and then, of course, there's the issue of his own personal security. you can just end up with a bullet in the back of his head, and that's why many believe he'll simply go off to tehran, to syria's main alley. >> so they be
about the regime and president assad because he is now joining the rebels. this is may be why the russians are starting to think about talking to people. there are report that is the syrian deputy foreign minister now in moscow for talks possibly trying to negotiate some kind of settlement, some kind of transition. how that would look where it would be anrd early transition rather than this civil war pushing out what is left with the regime whether that would be okay with the syrian rebels is left to be seen. the number one thing to watch is russia but the wildcard here is iran. they have been key to their support of president assad, sending him weapons, even men and members of the revolutionary guard to help fight and lead syrian soldiers in this civil war. if russia goes by the side and tries to negotiate a settlement you look to iran and does iran continue to push president assad, continue to support him, or, does iran back down? that is what we'll actually see some change there on the ground in syria, jamie. jamie: i think you hit it on the head because clearly iran is med
assad in this conflict. they don't really want to deal with the russians, hence turning down the invitation. the rebels now think time is on their side. the momentum is on the battlefield has shifted. for so long the rebels were outgunned and outmaneuvered. they hold major parts of northern part of the syria and major population centers in the center of the country that president assad up till now had control. one rebel fighter said we'll fight all the way to president assad's palace. the rebels don't see a reason to negotiate while president assad is in power. the while the offer from the russians may not be so significant is the fact they're making it is significant. russia has a very critical port along the syrian course along the mediterranean the port of tartuse. russia is trying very hard to keep tear influence inside syria and may be trying to play both sides of the coin here. they want to keep assad so they have influence with him and to hedge their bet to gain as much influence with the syrian rebels so if the rebels win they get to keep the port which is their only
that if some point* russia will abandon assad the rebels think russia will lose all influence which is what they do not want to do. then there would be a transitional government, of constitution, the election for right now it does not seem they will take any part of the deal. the human toll is astronomical refugees growing exponentially. 150,000 across the border in turkey. also jordan mostly women and children. in the long term what will we do with these people on top of those who have lost loved ones? tracy: humanitarian crisis. will we finally see president assad go quietly? a christmas wish for peace and syria. with us we have volleyed carries you know, this better than anyone. starting with egypt president morsi completes a referendum you say it is the totalitarian it is long state? >> and a referendum without democracy moving forward but without acting as a democratic president in egypt despite the fall of dictator it is established by president marcy most of symbols -- societe they all oppose morsi so it does not look like in 2013 we will see a more democratic egypt. tracy: then wha
is happening to bashar al assad. dramatic high-level defections that show no signs of slowing down while a civil war rages on. more and more it seems people in the regime do not believe the government will win, and so they are abandoning it. assad's chief of military police, his defection enforcer, this week was almost poetic, before defecting his job was to stop other people from defecting. his department was literally tasked with shoring up the loyalty of the armed forces. and he didn't just easily and casually walk out of the country. according to opposition figures, who talked to the "new york times," he planned his escape for weeks and it "ended with a four-hour sprint by motorcycle to the turkish border, driving through woods and on muddy roads." the syrian spokesperson, the one who said publicly that the assad regime would not use chemical weapons on his people, he supposedly left weeks ago, and no one seems to know where he even is. the guardian reports he might be in the united states working with intelligence officials. something the state department denies. meanwhile, an oppos
president bashar al assad. >>> and an historic drought in america's midwest is threatening navigation and commerce of the mississippi river. sharply lower water levels and ice that is slowing water flow could disrupt critical barge traffic. contractors are working to remove rock formations in an effort to maintain a deep channel. >>> and america's population growth is slowing down. the government says it's due to lower birth rates during the economic recession and lower immigration numbers. as we start the new year, there will be 315 million people in the united states. the population, though, has grown less than .75% since 2010. so a slower rate of growth. still, 315 million people is -- >> seems like enough people in some places, that's for sure. thanks, lisa. >>> hopes have been crushed and families in the making ripped apart. a new law bans americans from adopting russian children. ng tom about that tiramisu. what a night, huh? but, um, can the test drive be over now? head back to the dealership? [ male announcer ] it's practically yours. but we still need your signature. volkswag
of anti-assad sentiment in that town. because of that, they believe this town was deliberately targeted as a part of a retaliation plan by the government. don? >> russian diplomats have been talking about possible asylum for assad. this bombing today has to play a part in the discussions in damascus. >> reporter: well, we certainly think it would have to, absolutely. and really is there any more striking juxtaposition as far as the failed attempts thus far by the diplomatic efforts of people like brahimi and kofi annan before him when you compare that to the horror on the ground, where hundred dollars of people have been killed according to the activists. time and again we've seen brahimi or before him kofi annan, regional power players, international power players, the u.n. and the arab league try to go into syria and try to forge some sort of path to peace, and why et it seems to have fallen on deaf years. these peace plans don't seem to take hold. the activists we spoke to said they don't believe this time will be any dferent. they fear for what will happen next. in the nearly two ye
against bashar al-assad shows no signs of slowing down. the bloody uprising blamed for tens of thousands of deaths. ralph peters is a fox news strategic analyst and joins us with more incite on this. how significant is this defection. >> it is significance. it's not by itself going to topple the regime. it's a real propaganda victory for the rebels. it tells us all that the last rats are deserting the sinking ship. he'll have very important information. in the syrian military the role of the military police is different than ours. the military police in syria, among other things they are the enforcers, behind the other shoulders making sure the other enforcers don't dessert, kill the people they are told to kill. this guy, this general is a real bad hombre, a real insider. bottom line, won't end things by itself but help the shirt does matter. heather: this all began roughly about 21 months ago with people protesting, asking for reforms. it turned into a civil war, estimates put about 40,000 people dead. are we any closer to the civil war being resolved? >> well, we are closer to bashar
to syria as chaos erupts. lockdarr will meet with bashar al-assad. he has had a hard time making headway in ending the civil war because neither side is interested in peace talks but he'll arrive to violence. there are reports of several people killed by a car bomb this weekend and new fighting erupted between the rebels and pro regime forces. also we're getting word there's been a bombing just crossing the wires, reuters report dozens have been killed and we'll give you more on that as we get it. >> in new delhi india, they're breaking up protest. demonstrators are calling for the death penalty for six men accused of gang raping a female student and through her from a bus. the protesters don't believe officials will follow through. right now that victim is fighting for her life in a new delhi hospital. >>> the mother of u.s. marine veteran is speaking out. her son finally heading home after four months in a mexican prison. this took my breath away yesterday. jon hammar this, marine who honorably served us in iraq and afghanistan was arrested when he went to mexico on a break. he happene
out the assad regime. now the russians say they are willing to meet with the syrian opposition. it could open the door for real u.n. action on the ground, action that could mean american involvement. we've got more details in a live report in just a minute. >>> but also, russia's president formally saying no to americans who want to adopt russian children. it is a heartbreaking development for hundreds of americans who are trying to adopt children from russian orphana orphanages. that is happening right now. president vladimir putin signed the adoption ban today. sadly, more than 50 americans who were in the final stages of adopting russian children, they are not going to be able to. and while those families certainly hoping that they're going to allow these adoptions to go through, the country's child rights commissioner says that those kids are going to stay in russia. so why are the russians doing this? the ban is considered a payback of sorts for an american law that was passed two weeks ago. that law puts financial restrictions on russians accused of human rights violation
. it doesn't look like there's any budging from either side. president assad still says that he is going to stay on and continue to fight there inside syria. the rebels say they will accept nothing short than the regime falling, all this amid the rebels continuing to make more and more advances, continuing to close the noose, if you will, on the battlefield especially around president assad's stronghold there in the capital of damascus. russia, though, is continuing to protect syrian president bashar al assad. obviously, that is the transitional plan that something along the lines of what the rebels would endorse would have assad leaf in the beginning -- leave in the beginning. this june peace plan put forth out of geneva calls for a transitional government, a new constitution and then elections. i don't think there's anybody that has much of a hope of that happening. the only thing that may change the russians' minds is they look at a chance the regime in syria is going to totally collapse meaning russia would lose all of its influence in what was one of its strongest allies around the
, you're with the rebels don't you support bashar al-assad? well, yes, of course, we support bashar, they said you dog, don't even deserve to say his name. so we knew we were with pro-government forces. the rebel commander was saying to them, kill me, these guys are journalists, they have nothing to do with it. kill me, i'm a rebel commander. let them go. and he had a bodyguard. so they took his bodyguard, who he just -- we just met minutes ago. and the rebel commander. they took us all. they loaded us in the back of this truck. doors go. they drive off. they're beating people in the truck. they grab me by the hair, slam me against the side of the truck. and they're starting their -- little bit of interrogation. putting duct tape around our eyes and hands. they drive from there to one of their safe houses, don't know exactly where. but roughly in this area up here. so it is a farmhouse. they take the guard, the rebel commander's guard out of the truck. kill him. execute him. >> and you can't see that happen because you are blindfolded or you can see it happen? >> i couldn't see it h
holiday. thanks. appreciate it. >>> a dangerous escalation in syria's civil war. the assad regime is targeting its opponents with the most sophisticated weapons that we've seen in the civil war. >>> and do you think harry potter's cloak is an invisible story, wait until you hear about the high-tech military camouflage. iced that everything was getting more expensive so we switched to the bargain detergent but i found myself using three times more than you're supposed to and the clothes still weren't as clean as with tide. so we're back to tide. they're cuter in clean clothes. thanks honey yeah you suck at folding [ laughs ] [ female announcer ] one cap of tide gives you more cleaning power than 6 caps of the bargain brand. [ woman ] that's my tide, what's yours? than 6 caps of the bargain brand. we asked total strangers to watch it for us. thank you so much. i appreciate it. i'll be right back. they didn't take a dime. how much in fees does your bank take to watch your money? if your bank takes more money than a stranger, you need an ally. ally bank. your money needs an ally. prog
to reporters briefly this morning and told them about his discussions with assad. here is more of what mr. brahimi had to say. dana, mr. brahimi has since left syria he says the situation is dire and he hopes they can come to some agreement to alleviate the misery for the syrian people. >> you are on the phone, and lucky enough to get you face to face. thank you for that and for that report. as gruesome and grim as it was. >>> ahead on "starting point" criticism from the right and left. controversy brewing over chuck hagel's possible nomination as defense secretary. will the president go all in or go with someone else? >>> and fired for being simply too irresistible. one state's highest court says not a problem. this is a story you really do have to hear and see to believe. we'll bring it to you, next. [ male announcer ] truth is, dayquil doesn't treat that. really? [ male announcer ] alka-seltzer plus fights your worst cold symptoms, plus it relieves your runny nose. [ breathes deeply ] awesome. [ male announcer ] yes, it is. that's the cold truth! i need you. i feel so alone. but you're
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base. now, more signs that the regime of bashar al assad is crumbling. a live record from the region after this. [ sniffs ] i have a cold. [ sniffs ] i took dayquil but my nose is still runny. [ male announcer ] truth is, dayquil doesn't treat that. really? [ male announcer ] alka-seltzer plus fights your worst cold symptoms, plus it relieves your runny nose. [ breathes deeply ] awesome. [ male announcer ] yes, it is. that's the cold truth! time for citi price rewind. because your daughter really wants that pink castle thing. and you really don't want to pay more than you have to. only citi price rewind automatically searches for the lowest price. and if it finds one, you get refunded the difference. just use your citi card and register your purchase online. have a super sparkly day! ok. [ male announcer ] now all you need is a magic carriage. citi price rewind. start saving at citi.com/pricerewind. >>> we have this just in from johannsburg bureau in south africa. we're learning that former south african president nelson mandela has been released from the hospital and he will be goin
. >>> the deadly violence goes on in syria. and today bashar al assad's forces are claiming they attacked several rebel operations in the eastern city of aszohr. meanwhile, russia's top diplomat and international envoy to syria met in moscow and they are calling for a syrian-led political transition. they warn the conflict is becoming more militarized and sectarian. >> the conflict is not only more and more militarized, it is also more and more sectarian. and if we are not careful, if the syrians themselves are not careful, it will be a mainly sectarian conflict with really dire consequences for the people of syria. >> the meeting appears to signal a shift in position by russia. so far moscow has opposed efforts by the u.n. security council to oust syrian president who has been a longtime ally. >>> meanwhile, a member of russia's parliament is trying to reverse part of a controversial law banning all adoptions by americans. the state-run news agency says the lawmaker is submitting an amendment that would allow americans to adopt children with disabilities. but the u.s. is hoping for a total rever
. >> a u.n. peace envoy met with syria's president bashar al assad yesterday. any news to come of that, anything significant? >> reporter: not a lot of concrete details. we've seen time and again, alina, some sort of envoy going into syria to meet with bashar al assad and other members of his government. they don't seem to come up with a concrete plan. lakhdar brahimi went in there yesterday but met shortly afterwards. he discussed steps to take with the president, to end the violence in the country. he said that he would be continuing his shuttle diplomacy going to other countries and international regions and international power players. but brahimi has gone in several times and his predecessor, kofi annan, went into syria all the time. all this diplomacy and the deadlock of diplomacy happening with the horrific violence continuing. two years since the violence started in syria. over 40,000 people have been killed. hundreds of people, according to opposition activists that we speak to, just in the last few days, and that's when these talks were happening. >> mohammed jamjoon live fro
of a total collapse? >> reporter: it certainly seems that way, gregg, if and when president assad falls and splitting apart along the seams but the seams are drawn along religious lines. late video coming to us at a what rebels call a bakery bombing allegedly syrian air force dropped bombs. a lot of keen observers looking at video it appears there is lot of armed men wearing camouflage among the wounded or possibly dead there, calling into question whether this was a bakery line or whether this was some type of rebel camp. either way it is clear that the rebels are inside of these cities and that's where they are taking hold and moving and around the population. this is what happens sadly in these kind of civil wars. we know they're inside syria. there is increasing medical shortage going on in terms of the ability to treat any of the victims, whether they be civilians or rebel fighters from these kinds of airstrikes. it really boils home as much as we've been talking about the ability of the syrian rebels to push into other cities, that the syrian air force still controls the skies and
speaking to president assad in the wake of another gruesome day. in what the u.n. special envoy to syria rahimi said. "we have exchanged opinions about the possible steps that can we taken in the future. the syrian president spoke about his view regardi the situation. i also talked about the meetings i had in the region and outside the region and i also talked about which steps i see appropriate to be taken to help the syrian people get out of this crisis." this meeting after 100 people who had gone without bread for one week were killed as they lined up at a bakery. the batdeath toll is expected to up. now at 100. syrian warplanes bombed them. you must be warned. the video you are about to see is extremely graphic. >> reporter: a voice filled with horror. a scene full of carnage. a massacre screams the man. they targeted the bakery where hungry syrians lined up to get bread. >> translator: from 200 meter as way i could see corpses. the people could not be described. bodies piled on top of each other. an impossible scene. there is no word to describe it. >> reporter: one of the first on
and that happened last night. >>> syria's military police chief has defected, that dealt a blow to the assad regime. major general al shalal announcing he is defecting because the syrian army is no longer acting in the best interests of the people. it came after this, two deadly attacks on civilians who were waiting in bread lines. his decision comes at a time when rebel forces are making gains over government troops for control of syria's major cities. >>> japan's parliament has elected shinzo abe as the prime minister. he says is he okay health wise now. abe has promised to revive the economy, address japan's debt and create a recovery plan for last year's earthquake, tsunami and nuclear disaster. >>> i hope you have a gift receipt for that. shoppers expected to flood stores to return or exchange gifts they don't fit, don't want. an analyst tells "the wall street journal" 10% to 15% of holiday sales come back as sales and exchanges. >>> a bus bomb targeting. we are live from the pentagon with details. >>> his time has come again, a man from the '60s is getting a start again, lester chambers joins
, dealing another major blow to the assad regime. he announced he was defecting because the syrian army is not longer acting in the best interest of the people. this follows an attack on hungry people waiting in a bread line. >>> former braves great andruw jones free on bond after being arrested outside atlanta on christmas. a battery charge. the gwinnett county detention center tells us there was a domestic dispute with his wife. he played for the new york yankees last year and recently signed with a team in japan. >>> shinzo abe has been elected in japan as prime minister. he held the same position six years ago, but resigned because of health problems. he says he's okay now and promised to revive the economy, address japan's debt and create a recovery plan for last last year's earthquake, tsunami, and nuclear disaster. japan's economy sunk into recession two weeks ago. >>> 'tis now the season for gift cards and those returns. shoppers expected to flood the stores again today to return or exchange gifts that don't fit or they tonight want. an analyst tells "the wall street journal" 10
they believe will help in the fight against the assad regime. violence is escalating including a governmental air strike on a bakery in a small town and activists report that dozens of people have been killed in that attack. >> heather: two women passing through texas claim that they were molested during a traffic stop. the incident was caught on dashcam video. you can see that right here. what it shows and why police they pulled them on over. >> gregg: investigators taking dna samples from bodies of notorious killers executed more than 50 years ago. the dark secrets of these men may keep straight ahead. >> plus, the holiday shopping season is creating a near record number of seasonal jobs but will it help it with the unemployment situation? >> gregg: we'll talk to brenda buttner coming up. [ sniffs ] i have a cold. [ sniffs ] i took dayquil but my nose is still runny. [ male announcer ] truth is, dayquil doesn't treat that. really? [ male announcer ] alka-seltzer plus fights your worst cold symptoms, plus it relieves your runny nose. [ breathes deeply ] awesome. [ male announcer ] yes, it is
for the release. rupert murdoch launches into the successor role of news of the world. president bashar al-assad and a cease-fire agreement, negotiated by former u.n. secretary. tens of thousands of people killed since march of last year. the death toll continues climbing almost daily. green on blue insider attacks increasing in afghanistan. one in 50 u.s. and international soldiers killed this year by their afghan partners. it is pop and circumstance for great britain's queen elizabeth ii. china becomes the third country behind the u.s. and russia to use successfully dock and land spacecraft. libya holding its first free election in six years. 2.7 million voters choosing a 200 member assembly, and they draft libya's constitution. after three of the country's power grid's collapse, they experienced the largest blackout in the world. 640 million people without power. london's 2012 summer olympic games proves to be a record-breaking sporting events. michael phelps becomes the most decorated olympian of all time. twenty-two olympic medals. an online anti-muslim film sparking protests around the wor
in fighting today alone. both men called for a transition from the al assad government. russia seems to be backing off its strong support for that regime. >>> police in los angeles have arrested comic cat williams for allegedly en dangering his four children. that according to tmz. police found guns and drugs in the house, calling them a safety hazard. the children are in protective protect. williams posted bail and walked out of jail. >>> and yoko ono is finally having her say about the longstanding question over the beatles' break-up. she blames paul mccartney, period. the beatle of john lennon says the others just did not like it. >>> after the school shooting in newtown, it seems like everyone wants to do something to help this grieving community. now they'll get some help from these therapy horses. magic and wakota are two specially trained mini horses from a gainesville, florida company called gentle carousel, good with kids and also provide healing to the families and first responders. >> it's going to be challenging for all of us, i think, just to just get through that and tr
helping us while bashar al assad is massacring their people. religiony horrific stuff and there's fear that this will keep going on for the next days, weeks and months to come. >> something that everybody around the world is worried about when it comes to syria, and there's a possibility that happened. there's mystery gas that is reportedly coming out of there. >> reporter: that's right. according to a doctor we spoke with in homs province. half a dozen people have been killed due to exposh you're to this mystery gas. he treated more than 306 them. 60 people affected by the gas this week. he said those mo w.h.o. were close to the source suffered symptoms like paralysis and seizures and said they also responded well to atropine which is used to treatment sarin gas patients and he said it's unclear at this stage what this substance may have been. dana. >> thanks very much for that update. >> ahead on "starting point," remembering grouchy oscar. a look back on the impressive career of "the odd couple's" jack klugman. ♪ [ male announcer ] everyone deserves the gift of all day pain relief
. [ gunfire ] >>> and the deadly violence goes on in syria. today president bashar al assad's forces are claiming they attacked several rebel operations in the eastern city. meantime, russia's top diplomat and international envoy to syria met in mosquito. they're calling for a -- in moscow. they're calling for a syrian-elderly transition and warning the conflict is becoming more medicilitarized and sectar. >> the conflict is not only more and more militarized, it is also more and more sectarian. and if we are not careful, if the syrians themselves are not careful, it will be a mainly sectarian conflict with really dire consequences for the people of syria. >> moscow has opposed efforts by the u.n. security council to oust the syrian president, a long-time ally. >>> one of the effects as the fiscal cliff gets closer. the hardline tea party is having a harder time holding the line on an absolute pledge not to raise taxes. copd makes it hard to breathe, but with advair, i'm breathing better. so now i can be in the scene. advair is clinically proven to help significantly improve lung fun
up fresh talks with president bashar assad said that the two had discussed taking, quote, many steps to help end the violence. ♪ gregg: back in washington, d.c., anxiety is rising over a plan to avert spending cuts and big tax hikes by january 1. the growing number of lawmakers say they are deeply skeptical that a deal can be reached in the next seven days, and we're beginning to hear new reports suggesting the president may have a smaller deal in mind, one that will keep tax rates where they are and, again, put off the issue of spending cuts. chris stirewalt, fox news digital politics editor, host of "power play" on foxnews.com, chris, good to see you. i was reading your recent column, i want to put a portion of it up on the screen, and i'll quote you: gregg: explain what you mean. >> a cheerful christmas thought, gregg. [laughter] merry, merry. no, when we look back at 2012, if you take a minute and look back at the arc of this year in politics, what you saw was the smallest -- it was the most expensive, but it was the smallest presidential election maybe if history. we didn't ta
assad, his country's military police chief just switched sides and joined the rebels. mohammed is monitoring the situation from lebanon and joins us live. >> reporter: joe, the day began with news that major general, chief of military place in syria, had defected, had decided to join as he called it the people's uprising. he posted a video in which he stated his reasons for why he was defectsing, one of which was that the syrian military had betrayed the ideal as of syria and gone after the syrian people. now, we heard from rebel-free syrian army members throughout the day that in fact the fsa had helped transport the major general across country lines from syria into turkey. they say is he safe, that is he in turkey. they've also said they're willing to help other military officials in syria defect, but that they wouldn't be willing to help for much longer. the rebels feel they are the upper hand. they're saying that it's only a small window of time, they're giving other military officials in syria to defect, otherwise they won't look kindly upon their actions. the rebels beli
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